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What the schools of the future could look like

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LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials and symmetrical repeatable geometry
LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials and symmetrical repeatable geometry
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The winning entry by Architectus included a clever proposition of an app to formulate the modular design
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The winning entry by Architectus included a clever proposition of an app to formulate the modular design
Dubbed eMOD (Educational Modular Offsite Design) this concept is a flexible modular design system
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Dubbed eMOD (Educational Modular Offsite Design) this concept is a flexible modular design system
The eMOD building solution adapts to specific requirements such as site, climate and learning outcomes
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The eMOD building solution adapts to specific requirements such as site, climate and learning outcomes
The eMOD design encompasses a learning space in all elements of the building that goes beyond the limitations of the walls
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The eMOD design encompasses a learning space in all elements of the building that goes beyond the limitations of the walls
The winning entry eMOD, by Architectus
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The winning entry eMOD, by Architectus
The winning design idea from architecture firm Architectus dubbed eMOD
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The winning design idea from architecture firm Architectus dubbed eMOD
In second place, the MODUPOD concept by NBRS+PARTNERS
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In second place, the MODUPOD concept by NBRS+PARTNERS
The MODUPOD concept features fast assembly, smart interiors and flexible PODS that place students and teachers at the heart of the learning experience
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The MODUPOD concept features fast assembly, smart interiors and flexible PODS that place students and teachers at the heart of the learning experience
The MODUPOD concept features fast assembly, smart interiors and flexible PODS that place students and teachers at the heart of the learning experience
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The MODUPOD concept features fast assembly, smart interiors and flexible PODS that place students and teachers at the heart of the learning experience
All aspects of the MODUPOD concept meet the a spectrum of curriculum needs, site topographies and climatic conditions
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All aspects of the MODUPOD concept meet the a spectrum of curriculum needs, site topographies and climatic conditions
MODUPOD is a vision for 2025 and represents a dynamic 21st century learning environment
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MODUPOD is a vision for 2025 and represents a dynamic 21st century learning environment
MODUPOD includes dynamic multi-modal clusters that are built around the central permeable student resource center
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MODUPOD includes dynamic multi-modal clusters that are built around the central permeable student resource center
The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
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The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
Studioquint's entry includes some great sustainability functions such as using components that are fabricated from recycled polystyrene
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Studioquint's entry includes some great sustainability functions such as using components that are fabricated from recycled polystyrene
The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
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The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
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The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
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The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
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The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
LAVA's relocatable school received an honorable mention from the judges
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LAVA's relocatable school received an honorable mention from the judges
LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials and symmetrical repeatable geometry
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LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials and symmetrical repeatable geometry
LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials and symmetrical repeatable geometry
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LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials and symmetrical repeatable geometry
LAVA's relocatable school concept
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LAVA's relocatable school concept
LAVA's modular facade system is manually operable and features a flexible system to create more light or shade
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LAVA's modular facade system is manually operable and features a flexible system to create more light or shade
LAVA's relocatable school received an honorable mention from the judges
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LAVA's relocatable school received an honorable mention from the judges
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Here at Gizmag we are always keeping an eye on innovative solutions for schooling and education. We've covered the solar powered mobile computer classroom project and the AIRchitecture flying classrooms of the future, but now we're excited about these proposals from architects all over the world, who recently submitted their ideas for what schools of the future could look like.

The winners for the "Future Proofing Schools" design competition were recently announced, where designers where invited to submit their ideas for the next generation of relocatable classrooms. The competition, sponsored by the University of Melbourne, the Melbourne School of Design (MSD) and the Australian Institute of Architects, seeks to "elicit innovation, creativity and blue-sky thinking" and may just give us a peek into the future.

The competition focuses on new ideas for relocatable classrooms, which in recent decades have commonly been used around the globe. These types of classroom facilities are generally a response to rapid growth in schools, remote community needs or a quick solution to cope with natural disasters. Although the classrooms are often described as cheap and miserable, the winners for this year's competition are anything but drab and dreary.

The winning design idea from architecture firm Architectus dubbed eMOD
The winning design idea from architecture firm Architectus dubbed eMOD

The winning design idea from architecture firm Architectus took home AU$25,000 (US$26,831) for its futuristic vision of the classroom. Dubbed eMOD (Educational Modular Offsite Design), the concept is a flexible modular design system that can be configured to create a building solution that adapts to specific requirements such as site, climate and learning outcomes. The winning entry included a clever proposition of an app to formulate the modular design, which proved to be a hit amongst the judges.

"The concept represents the essence of an idea about the link between 21st century learning and space" said the jury. "[It] is both sophisticated and simple ... and is suggestive of adaptable and transportable space."

The eMOD design encompasses a learning space in all elements of the building that goes beyond the limitations of the walls. Learning areas include the internal/external environments around the building and the internal spaces that also provide adaptability to accommodate group-based student work or individual time.

You can try out the eMOD app for yourself online.

In second place, the MODUPOD concept by NBRS+PARTNERS
In second place, the MODUPOD concept by NBRS+PARTNERS

In second place, architecture firm NBRS+PARTNERS impressed the judges with its futuristic MODUPOD concept. "It was the suggestive flexibility of the organic core to the building and its capacity to indicate closed, open, unwrapped or linear active space that proposed an aspiration for a learning community over and above a rational, workable arrangement of classrooms," said the jury.

MODUPOD is a vision for 2025 and represents a dynamic 21st century learning environment with 3D text books promoting interaction and critical thinking for students. The concept features fast assembly, smart interiors and flexible PODS that place students and teachers at the heart of the learning experience. Dynamic multi-modal clusters are built around the central permeable student resource center. The active core can also function as a media platform featuring multimedia screens that encourage the presentation of school news, energy consumption, environment facts, technological innovation and student work.

Individual modules include the teamwork focused Studio; the Project Pod which encourages students to take greater responsibility for their own learning; a transparent Breakout Pod to observe and be resourceful; and the Social Pod to gather, collaborate and securely showcase interactive learning. In addition, the Outdoor Spaces offer students the opportunity to learn from nature. All aspects of the MODUPOD concept meet the a spectrum of curriculum needs, site topographies and climatic conditions.

The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint
The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint

The third place entry by Oliver Ebben from Studioquint in Amsterdam was praised for its architectural deliberation. "The rational classroom form is made both spatial and place specific by three dimensional origami-like scales that articulate the form both internally and externally," said the jury. "Externally, the scales respond to orientation, outlook, and context, while internally they become three dimensional, occupiable space. The rooftop contains a locally contextual landscape, as a part of the transportable form."

This entry also included some great sustainability functions such as using components that are fabricated from recycled polystyrene. To avoid dissipation of energy during the transportation phase, the thermal building mass is added on site by making use of local soil and plants. In addition, the building components can function as reservoirs for rainwater, and the three-dimensional design of all building components at an angle of 20 degrees enables efficient use of photovoltaic panels and a high rate of sun shielding.

LAVA's relocatable school received an honorable mention from the judges
LAVA's relocatable school received an honorable mention from the judges

Although LAVA architects didn't take home an award, we thought its submission was worth mentioning. LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials, symmetrical repeatable geometry, and small lightweight easily transportable modular elements.

The modular facade system is manually operable and features a flexible system to create more light or shade. The "three axis" geometry design allows for interlocking of various configurations to adapt to changing class sizes, learning clusters and future learning methods.

"We wanted to turn this idea upside down and create spaces that are sustainable, practical, cost-effective whilst fun and exciting to be in," said Chris Bosse, Asia Pacific director of LAVA. The concept received a commendation in the Australian Future Proofing School competition.

Source: Future Proofing Schools, LAVA

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4 comments
yrag
LAVA\'s design looks more likely to be a really nice home as a school.
Harold Thompson
Cool!!!
darren.burrows
Relocatable class rooms? Most school already have these - they\'re called Portakabins! On a serious note why are these \'schools of the future\'? They\'re not exactly \'sci-fi\' and they all have key sustainable features available now, such as: energy production; water saving; materials; modular construction etc. These should be \'schools we aspire to\'.
Slowburn
The school buildings don\'t matter, unless we get good teachers.